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[meta] Did Ragnara Have to Die?

Posted in: Meta-gaming by Ariel on October 25, 2008

Yes, this is the question that should haunt you.

A brief replay. (This is as I remember, apologies if I have it incorrect.)

Round -2
Ragnara and Cinder approach a door and it slides open. Surprised, they both jump back and the door slides shut. Ragnara approaches again, and the door opens again. As she steps back, the door closes.

Round -1
Cinder searches the floor, but finds no pressure plate trigger. She also tries spot around the area to see if there are motion sensors of some kind. Even with a high roll, she sees nothing.

Meanwhile, Ragnara continues to test the door. Approaching slowly door opens. Approaching quickly, door opens. Retreating slowly door opens, retreating quickly, door opens.

Surprise Round
A red hot piece of metal burst through the door while it is open, hitting Ragnara for some major damage.

All players must roll for initiative.
Looking back, what would you have done differently?

Round 1
Ragnara is not very wise, and when attacked will run toward the attacker. Thus, she runs into the room.
Acgar – uses a ranged weapon
Cinder – uses a ranged weapon
Sadi – holds action, guarding the rear
Myntilly – uses a spell to deal damage
Indira – uses a ranged weapon
Submeera – sings to inspire courage

And…

Fire Giant – has only Ragnara as a target, so attacks her

Round 2
Ragnara – uses a melee weapon against the giant
Acgar – uses a ranged weapon
Cinder – uses a ranged weapon
Sadi – holds action, guarding the rear
Myntilly – uses a spell to deal damage
Indira – uses a ranged weapon
Submeera – runs into the room as a double move

And…

Fire Giant – still has only Ragnara as a target, so makes a full attack on her

Ragnara dies.

What do you notice? How would you play this differently?

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